By Deanna Cook
The 170 tenant-capacity, low-income housing development called Littleton Crossing will be built at 5591 South Nevada Street on the old St. Mary’s Church and school site. After citizens were persistent in their request for council to intervene, the subject was finally on their agenda. However, upon the advice of counsel and under threat of possible litigation from the developer, council’s discussion was very limited. But now it is abundantly clear that the previous council rezoned this parcel of land in violation of the city’s zoning code as it did not meet the minimum lot size for rezoning. (Councilmembers Brinkman, Cernanec, Stahlman and Stein supported the rezone and Councilmembers Beckman, Cole and Valdes did not. Clark was not on council at the time.) Now staff is negotiating construction design changes, attempting to mitigate the zoning violations inherent from the original wrongful rezoning. Surprisingly, the City advised concerned citizens last week that Littleton, not the Montana developer, will be paying for those changes.